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Victorian Pietra Dura Butterfly Studs


Pietra dura, meaning “hard rock”, is a method of inlaying stone developed in Ancient Rome. The pietra dura technique was used from early Roman times through the Renaissance to make decorative floors, table tops, and other mid-size architectural elements. The craft experienced a revival in the mid-nineteenth century in the form of jewelry. Likely acquired as a souvenir of the Grand Tour, these c. 1860 pietra dura earrings feature fanciful renderings of butterflies.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), various hard stones

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Fair - the red and green stones on one earring are slightly damaged but intact; the posts on the earrings are newer, these may have been converted into stud earrings from buttons

  • Size

    3/8" diameter





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.